Contents of the README file
(c) 1990 Peter Venable
Laser Chess is a high-tech variation of the ancient game of Chess. As in
Chess, the object of the game is to eliminate the king of the opponent. The
major difference in Laser Chess is implied by its title: It has a piece known
as a laser. This laser can shoot at other pieces on the board and destroy them.
Many of the pieces in play have mirrors or reflective properties which bounce
the laser beams in different directions. In this way, complex shots may be
lined up, using both friendly and hostile mirrors. A piece called a beam
splitter gives you the ability to target more than one piece simultaneously.
One each player's turn, he may either fire his laser or move a piece. A
piece may also be rotated. Rotating mirrors changes the directions they will
reflect laser beams. A player may rotate a piece and pass on firing or moving.
Any piece may capture as in Chess. Also, pawns may transform into another piece
if they reach the opposite side of the board. Whenever any pieces are shot and
destroyed or captured a damage report appears in the left margin of the screen.
Following is a description of each of the pieces.
As in Chess, the object of the game is to eliminate the opponent's king.
However, there is no rule Laser Chess which forbids moving into check.
Rotating the king has no effect. The king may move one space in any dirction.
The laser may be fired on any move in place of moving a piece. The
beam fires in whatever direction the laser is pointing. It may be rotated
before firing by passing to the rotation stage, rotating it, and then
firing. The laser moves identically to the king.
The super pawn may move forward one space, either diagonally or straight.
When fired upon from the back, it is destroyed. If it is shot from any other
direction, the beam is reflected from its front.
Like a queen in Chess, the queen may move as far as is not blocked, either
diagonally or in a straight line. When the queen is fired upon, she is killed
unless her eyes are pointing in the direction from which the beam comes, in
which case the beam jumps one space past her, sparing her and any piece which,
may be immediately beyond her.
Knight / Beam Splitter
The knight moves like a knight in Chess. It moves two spaces in one
direction and one in the other. When shot at from the front or back, it splits
the beam so that it reflects both to the left and right. If a laser hits it
from the side, however, it is blown up.
The bishop may move an unlimited distance in a diagonal line, as in Chess.
If it gets shot in the back, it reflects the beam back towards its source. It
dies if a laser beam hits it in the front. Beams hitting from the sides are
bounced toward the front.
The rook, also known as a castle, moves the same as in Chess. It may move
an unlimited distance either horizontally or vertically. When the mirror is
turned diagonally, any laser beams hitting it are reflected 90 from the angle
at which they hit. When it's turned so that the mirror is flat, lasers hitting
the surface of the mirror are rebounded toward their source, while those
hitting the edge kill the rook.,
Like the super pawn, the mirror pawn may move one space forward or
diagonally forward. Laser beams which hit the hypotenuse of the triangle
bounce at a 90 angle. Shots hitting the other two sides destroy the pawn.
The shield pawn moves in the same way as the other two types of pawns. Any
beam which hits from the direction in which the shield is pointing will be
absorbed without damage. Shots from other directions will destroy the piece.
These keys are used to move the cursor:
\ / \ /
Q W E I 7 8 9
S D J L 4 6
Z X C K 1 2 3
/ \ / \
These keys are also available during the game:
SPACE - In MOVE mode: Selects a piece
In ROTATE mode: Rotates a piece
ENTER or TAB - In MOVE mode: Moves selected piece to cursor
In ROTATE mode: Finish rotating
ESC - Finished with turn
P or F5 - Switches between the MOVE and ROTATE modes.
F9 - Fires the laser
Control-Q - Quits the Game
When available, these keys are listed in the left margin of the screen.
If a key is not on the list, it is not currently available.
About the Author:
Laser Chess 2.0 was written in Turbo C in three days (7/24/90 - 7/26/90) by
Peter Venable, age 15. The original version was written over a few weeks the
previous year, but it had low quality graphics. The new version used only a few
portions of the original code. Laser Chess is written for EGA graphics with
640K of memory. Some assistance in graphics design and testing was provided by
my sisters, Lisa and Mindy Venable.
This program may be copied for use by anyone on the following conditions:
It must not be sold
It must not be altered
It must not be used commercially without the author's written permission
Failure to comply is a violation of applicable copyright laws.
Source code and the software used to generate the graphics for this program may
be obtained for $50.
The author may be contacted at the following addresses:
Peter VenablePeter Venable
Faith Academyc/o David Bartholomew
P.O. Box 820 2746 Darnby Drive
1299 Makati Oakland, CA 94611-1716